This post is syndicated from Prime Health and is part of our Innovation League series that highlights news and events from our friends around the country.

Featured Image: Barbara Martin, director of the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM)l, leads a panel at the 2018 Prime Health Innovation Summit.

On May 10th, hundreds of payers, providers, and innovators from across Colorado gathered at the 2018 Prime Health Innovation Summit. The conference featured frank discussions on care coordination, data liquidity, and payment reform.

Here are some of the highlights from the 2018 Prime Health Innovation Summit.

“By many indications, the state of Colorado is thriving,” said Brent Bowman, Vice President of Strategy and Patient Experience at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “However, with highly visible successes in measures like key economic indicators, there also comes disparity for those citizens who remain or become underserved.”


“There’s no reason why Colorado can’t be the innovation lab for the rest of the country on how we transform healthcare,” said Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “I’m trying to make this state that innovation lab.”


“Coloradans want to trust the system,” said Gary Drews, CEO Of 9Health Fair. “But there’s a growing lack of trust in the Medicaid system and in health systems across the state.”


“We need to think about data as a business asset,” said Sarah Nelson, Director of Business Technology at the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services. “Many of us are sitting on vast, untapped reserves of data.”

“Our challenge is to make it more accessible so we can refine it and turn it into value.”


“I want to thank you for the work you’re doing to unlock new possibilities in healthcare,” said Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne. “You are going to make healthcare more affordable, more accessible, and more transparent.”


“Certainly, brick-and-mortar visits will always be a part of healthcare,” said Peter Antall, Chief Medical Officer of American Well. “But so much of healthcare can happen in other ways.”


“I fear the day our technology surpasses our humanity,” MGMA COO Todd Evenson said, quoting Albert Einstein. “I wonder if that’s not where we’re at.”


“Especially in rural areas, we often see providers having a hard time recruiting behavioral health specialists,” said Rachel Dixon, Director of telehealth at AccessCare. “They’re interested in using technology to solve this problem.”


“Blockchain is going to be the foundational technology for making sure we have control over our data,” said Morgan Honea, CEO of CORHIO. “It’s going to empower future technology to really put the control in the consumer’s hands.”


“One of the reasons why value-based payments haven’t taken off is that those who are paying the bill are concerned they’ll be paying too much,” said Bill Lindsay, a healthcare consultant. “On the other side of the coin, the provider is saying, ‘Unless I get a block of dollars that is sufficient, I can’t afford to change the way I practice.”

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